The organic road to glowing good health…

The organic road to glowing good health…

It’s becoming increasingly obvious (to us at least) that eating organic food is more than just a nice idea, or an optional extra. If we want to get serious about our own health, the health of the planet and creating a sustainable food system that’s...

The joy of growing your own fruit trees

As an orchard kid I grew up familiar with the concept of grafting – I knew that all the fruit trees in the orchard had been grafted, but until I decided to take up the orchard business almost 20 years ago I had no idea how, or why. Nor did I realise that...

Our organic farming group is coming together!

If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know that we’re creating a very exciting new collaborative farming model on our farm—currently called the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance, or HOFA (we may change the name to something a bit more...

What Do You Call a Gathering of Organic Orchardists?

A couple of weeks ago we got to do something we hardly ever do – hang out with a bunch of other organic apple growers. It may seem strange that this is a rare and unusual event, but it’s the result of a couple of slightly unfortunate circumstances. The...

Why certified organic? Becoming an organic farmer, part 2

In the first post in this series  “How to become an organic farmer, part one…” we told you about the beginnings of our journey from being chemical farmers right through to becoming certified organic. Having just had our annual audit, we thought it...